The Kano state government has announced the ban of all traditional Sallah festivities to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir in Kano.
The state’s Commissioner of Information Malam Muhammad Garba, who made the announcement on Wednesday, July 22, said the decision was taken to consolidate on the successes achieved in the fight against COVID-9 and the relaxation of lockdown in many states of the federation including Kano.
While there would be no visit to Shettima House, gathering for Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa, and other traditional outings in the Emirates, it is expected that the five Emirs will go to the Eid Prayer Ground in their respective domains in motor vehicles.
Permission was granted for the conduct of Eid congregational prayers across the state and it was further gathered that the government would assist in the provision of safety materials that includes face masks and hand sanitizers as well as ensure strict observance of social distancing at the praying grounds.
Before now, Governors Rotimi Akeredolu, Nasir El-Rufai, Seyi Makinde, Bala Mohammed, and Okezie Ikpeazu had also tested positive for the disease.
Recall that several government officials have also tested positive and recovered from the virus, some others have died from complications caused by the virus.
The latter category includes President Muhammadu Buhari’s former chief of staff, Abba Kyari, and ex-Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
As of the time of this report, 36,107 people have contracted the virus in Nigeria out of which 14,938 people have recovered and have been discharged while 778 have died.
Lagos remains the epicenter of the disease in Nigeria with over a third (13,341) of the total cases.
Six new deaths were recorded in the West African nation, bringing the total to 778.